30 found COVID positive in SAI tests at Patiala, Bengaluru; no Olympic-bound athlete in list


Thirty sportspersons and help employees throughout disciplines have been found to be COVID-19 positive after 741 precautionary tests have been carried out at the National Centres of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) stated on Wednesday.

However, the positive outcomes in each the centres don’t embrace any Tokyo Olympic-bound athlete.

India’s males’s boxing chief coach CA Kuttappa and shot put coach Mohinder Singh Dhillon are amongst those that have examined positive for the virus in the latest drive at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), a SAI supply confirmed to PTI.

Later, SAI additionally issued an announcement which stated that 313 and 428 tests have been carried out in Patiala and Bengaluru respectively. While 26 have been found to be positive in Patiala, the Bengaluru rely stood at 4.

“Keeping the safety of Olympic-bound athletes, coaches and support staff in mind, the SAI conducted precautionary RT-PCR tests at National Centre of Excellence in Patiala and Bengaluru. The reports received today indicate that all Olympic-bound athletes at both centres are COVID negative,” the SAI assertion learn.

It is learnt that out of 26 positive instances in Patiala, 16 are sportspersons and relaxation are help employees. The 16 quarantined sportspersons embrace 10 boxers and 6 observe and area athletes, the SAI supply stated.

In Bengaluru, a race strolling coach is amongst those that have examined positive for the virus.

“…the good thing is that all positive cases are not Olympic-bound athletes. The positive athletes have been isolated and the entire campus has been sanitised.”

All weightlifters housed at the premier sports activities institute have returned detrimental for the virus.

The SAI supply additionally confirmed that the positive instances in each the centres may have no bearing on the preparation of India’s Olympic-bound athletes.

“There is no question of training being suspended. The COVID positive cases have been isolated separately inside the colour-coded SAI campuses and they are doing fine with no serious medical issues,” the supply stated.

The NIS Patiala is primarily the bottom of Olympic-bound boxers, observe and area athletes and weightlifters together with sportspersons from another disciplines.

The boxers who’ve examined positive embrace Asian silver-medallist Deepak (*30*) and India Open gold-medallist Sanjit.

“Some more test results are awaited at this point,” one other supply acknowledged.

The Olympic Games are scheduled to be held in July-August later this 12 months.

The athletes gearing up for the massive occasion have begun travelling outdoors the nation for coaching and competitors after spending a number of months both staying at dwelling or being confined to their hostel rooms.


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